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Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Factbox: Tunisia’s precarious 2019 presidential election

Voting booths open for the Tunisian presidential election this Sunday, September 15, in one of the world’s youngest democracies. Tunisians will be selecting their second president from among twenty-six candidates, including two women, with hopes of a new vision for addressing pressing issues about the economy, security, and political reform. Parliamentary elections follow on October […]

MENASource by Adam Aluzri and Christiana Haynes

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Is the early presidential election a political turning point for Tunisia?

The results of the next Tunisian presidential election may change the political spectrum for the subsequent legislative elections too. During the last eights years, the political paranoia has been the rule, leading public opinion to discredit politicians and political parties.

MENASource by Haykel Ben Mahfoudh

Middle East North Africa

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Climate-resilient small farming communities vital to MENA food security

Small farmers play a major role in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s food security. They produce the bulk of the region’s domestic supply of staples. However, small farm holders are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in the region.

MENASource by Amal A. Kandeel

Climate Change & Climate Action Middle East



Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Fontenrose quoted in The Guardian on the Saudi oil attack and the possibility of escalation

In the News by Kirsten Fontenrose

Saudi Arabia Security & Defense

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Fontenrose quoted in The Wall Street Journal on US response to Saudi oil attack

In the News by Kirsten Fontenrose

Saudi Arabia Security & Defense

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Fontenrose joins NPR’s Air Talk to discuss attack on Saudi oil facility

In the News by Kirsten Fontenrose

Infrastructure Protection Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Cornell quoted in Bloomberg on the Saudi Aramco attack

In the News by Phillip Cornell

Middle East Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Can global energy markets withstand the attack on Saudi oil?

Atlantic Council experts react to the September 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities and what it means for global energy markets and the wider region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

From overtures for US talks to threats of war with Iran

Rejected again and embarrassed by the escalation in the Persian Gulf his policies have incentivized, Trump is likely to make similar belligerent comments this year and US-Iran relations will only worsen.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Bell joins Sky News Arabia to discuss the Saudi oil crisis

In the News by Randolph Bell

Arabic Saudi Arabia

Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Bell quoted in Axios on Saudi Aramco drone attacks

In the News by Randolph Bell

Oil and Gas Saudi Arabia

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Abu Dhabi dispatch: The great Sino-US decoupling

Delegates at this year’s World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi UAE continued to worry about the US-Chinese trade war. At the same time, however, they were shifting more focus to the more momentous and generational event of a US-Chinese economic decoupling.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

After Houthi drone attack, everyone should take a deep breath

The ten-drone attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia on September 14 is a sign that the Houthis suffer from false confidence. Snubbing talks and launching attacks is not a way to garner sympathy from the United States or the international community.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Geopolitics & Energy Security Saudi Arabia